PURIFYING MYSELF

“Satan would try to confuse us on the issue of what God has done for us and what we must do ourselves” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p51).

“God has indeed made provision for us to live a holy life, but He also has given us definite responsibilities” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p51).

“’Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.’ He does not submit to purification; he purifies himself. The whole emphasis is upon the activity. In other words, the New Testament teaching about holiness is not one which tells me that all I have to do is to let myself go and to surrender myself, to give up effort and striving. It is not just telling me that all I have to do is to die and get rid of myself and forget myself and then life will come in. No! It is active, and I am told to purify myself ‘even as he is pure.’” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p45).

“To confuse the potential for resisting (which God provided) with the responsibility for resisting (which is ours) is to court disaster in our pursuit of holiness” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p57).

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col 3:5 ESV).

“’Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth’. I have to do that; these members will not agree to be mortified; I have to take them, and I have to punish my body. I am enabled to do that by the Holy Spirit who has been given to me; yes, and that is included in the fact that I am a child of God. I have been born again, I have received a new nature, and the Holy Spirit is in me. Therefore, because of that, I must do this, I must purify myself even as He is pure. I purify myself by considering Him, by looking at Him and His perfect life; that is the pattern I am to follow” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p45).

“There is no point in praying for victory over temptation if we are not willing to make a commitment to say no to it” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p93).

“Remember the statement that ‘discipline without desire is drudgery.’ Where will the desire to engage in the discipline of mortification come from? It will only come from the gratitude and joy of knowing that however miserably I have failed, God’s grace is greater than my sin” Jerry Bridges (ref#192, p206).

“For God to cease to love his own, God would need to cease to exist, because God does not simply have love; he is love (1 John 4:16). In the death of Christ for us sinners, God intends to put his love for us beyond question. The sun is shining. It cannot stop. Clouds, no clouds—sin, no sin—the tender heart of the Son of God is shining on me. This is an unflappable affection” Dane Ortland (ref#382, p193).

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